Open Day – 20th May 2017
What a wonderful Open Day we had and we were lucky with the weather with only a heavy shower towards the end of the event. We estimated that there were over 200 visitors, mainly families but lots of those with three generations. There was a lovely atmosphere throughout the site, the Guides were helping and they proved very persuasive in getting a lot of passers-by off the footpath to vote for their favourite photo, a total of 70 votes were cast during the afternoon.
Everything was free but we did have the donations boxes out, and received a total of £127.00, which will definitely cover the costs of the drinks and something towards the materials needed to make the Bird Boxes which the children really enjoyed constructing and then took home to put up in their gardens. the Essex Badger Protection Group had a stall, and a total of 90 badges were made on our popular badge making stall.
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A very big Thank You to all the people who came to help on the day, from manning stalls, making cakes, handing out flyers, helping the kids start the Quizzes, keeping an eye on refreshments and making Badges. Pond Dipping is still the firm favourite, and we’ll be starting work on the new, bigger platform next year.
The Springfield Girl Guides who come along regularly to help ran their own trail in the central area of the Nature Reserve, with pictures of animal tracks to match to the correct creature.
We have Prize Winners from our Photography Competition. The photographs in the display showed the variety of wildlife on the site, both flora and fauna, along with pictures of our supporters working on different projects. The Girl Guides visited the Nature Reserve one evening specifically to take photos for the competition. Having cast their vote for their favourite picture, many visitors were persuaded to join in the other activities which were going on!
We hope some of our visitors may become regular supporters at our Practical Sessions, held on the 3rd Saturday of each month, 1.30 – 3.30pm.